[Marxism] What's new at Links: France, Pakistan, Greece, Sudan, Zinoviev, Egypt, Quebec, Wisconsin, Rio+20, Ecuador debate, SYRIZA

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jun 27 01:03:42 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: France, Pakistan, Greece, Sudan, Zinoviev, Egypt, 
Quebec, Wisconsin, Rio+20, Ecuador debate, SYRIZA

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    France: After election win, what course will Francois Hollande take?

By *Murray Smith*

June 24, 2012 -- Following on the victory of Socialist Party candidate 
Francois Hollande in the May 6 French presidential election, legislative 
elections were held in two rounds on June 10 and 17. The results 
confirmed those of the presidential election, but with some particular 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2926>

    Pakistan: Free Baba Jan, political prisoner of the climate crisis
    (Green Left TV report <http://links.org.au/node/2924>

June 23, 2012 -- For nine months, *Baba Jan Hunzai* and four fellow 
activists have been languishing in Pakistan jails, charged with 
terrorism offences, and suffering torture. Their crime? Organising the 
oppressed local community to struggle for compensation, after their 
villages were submerged by a climate change-induced landslide. Green 
Left TV's *Peter Boyle* interviewed Labour Party of Pakistan national 
spokesperson *Farooq Tariq*. *
Support Baba Jan:* Protest at the Pakistan embassy in your country. Join 
Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali in signing the petition to free Baba Jan and 
the Hunza 5 at www.ipetitions.com/petition/free-baba-jan 
<http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/free-baba-jan>. Follow the campaign 
at www.freebabajan.wordpress.com <http://www.freebabajan.wordpress.com/>.*
For details of where to send letters demanding Baba Jan's release and 
more background information on the case of Baba Jan and his comrades, 
click here <http://links.org.au/node/2904> and here 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2924>

    Greece: 'Our struggle resumes', SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras'
    election night speech <http://links.org.au/node/2916>

/Speech by SYRIZA leader *Alexis Tsipras* on June 17, 2012.


    Sudan: Interview with the Communist Party's new leader, Mohammed
    al-Khati/b/ <http://links.org.au/node/2925>

/J//une 18, 2012 -- Police fire tear gas at protesters. Sudan's capital 
has become the scene for growing protests against austerity measures of 
the government of President Omar al Bashir. The protests were started 
June 16 by students from the University of Khartoum. The protests gained 
momentum and attracted more participants.

By *Jaafar al-Sirr*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2925>

    John Riddell: Lars Lih and Ben Lewis reveal Zinoviev at his best

    */Zinoviev and Martov: Head to Head in Halle/*
    Edited by Ben Lewis and Lars T. Lih,
    London: November Publications, 2011, pp. 229 [1]

Review by *John Riddell*
June 22, 2012 -- The Thrilla in Halle! A ringside seat, just for you, as 
Gregory Zinoviev (in the red trunks) and Julius Martov (his are pale 
pink) duke it out before delegates of the 700,000-member Independent 
Social-Democratic Party of Germany (USPD). The stakes: should the USPD 
join the Communist International (Comintern)? Here at last, after 92 
years, the full text of their historic speeches to the October 1920 USPD 
congress in Halle, Germany, translated and edited by Ben Lewis and Lars Lih.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2923>

    Egypt: 'Reject the Supplementary Constitutional Declaration'
    military coup <http://links.org.au/node/2922>

June 18, 2012 --  The signatories to this statement announce their 
complete rejection of the Supplementary Constitutional Declaration. The 
declaration completes the process of the military coup which began on 
February 12, 2011, after Hosni Mubarak's rule had been ended, and put 
down roots through the Constitutional Declaration of March 2011 and the 
ludicrous and corrupt arrangements for the transitional period.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2922>

    Québec solidaire agrees to talks on electoral agreement with other
    pro-sovereignty parties <http://links.org.au/node/2921>

By *Roger Annis*
June 21, 2012 -- On June 20, the National Coordination Committee of 
Québec solidaire issued a statement in response to a "Call for a United 
Front" in the next election in Quebec, saying it is open to a "limited 
and timely electoral arrangement" with two other pro-Quebec sovereignty 
parties. The statement is titled (translation), "Defeat the Liberals, 
yes. But above all, build a progressive Quebec!"

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2921>

    Barry Sheppard: Wisconsin recall defeat caused by wrong strategy

By *Barry Sheppard*
June 17, 2012 -- In a much-watched election on June 5, Republican Scott 
Walker handily defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in a recall election for 
governor of Wisconsin. Walker is on the right wing of the Republican 
Party and Barrett on the right wing of the Democrats. Walker was first 
elected in late 2010. When he took office early last year, Walker 
launched a drive to smash public worker unions. In response, there were 
huge mobilisations.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2920>

    NO REDD+! in Rio+20: A declaration to decolonise the earth and the
    sky <http://links.org.au/node/2919>

Introduction and notes by *Chris Lang*
June 19, 2012 -- Last week, the *Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples 
and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life* held 
a press conference denouncing REDD and the green economy. The press 
conference was part of the People's Summit, a nine-day event taking 
place in parallel to the UN Rio+20 conference.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2919>

    Ecuador: New left or new colonialism? <http://links.org.au/node/2918>

By *Federico Fuentes*
June 17, 2012 -- Criticism of Latin America's radical governments has 
become common currency among much of the international left. While none 
have been exempt, Ecuador's government of President Rafael Correa has 
been a key target. But a problem with much of the criticism directed 
against Correa is that it lacks any solid foundation and misdirects fire 
away from the real enemy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2918>

    Greece: Young revolutionary members of SYRIZA interviewed

June 18, 2012 --*Eric Ribellarsi* met with 10 young members of the 
Communist Organization of Greece (KOE), which is part of the Coalition 
of the Radical Left, SYRIZA. [The KOE comes out of the Maoist tradition 
and is the second-largest component of SYRIZA.] They discussed their 
backgrounds, experiences, the student movement, the orthodox Communist 
Party in Greece (KKE), revolutionary strategy and the political choices 
of revolutionary communists within the Greek crisis. Eric Ribellarsi is 
part of a reporting team in Greece.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2917>

    Values versus prices at the Rio+20 Earth Summit: 'the Green Economy
    is the environmentalism of the rich <http://links.org.au/node/2915>'

By *Patrick Bond*, Rio de Janeiro

June 18, 2012 -- Given the worsening world economic crisis, the turn to 
"Green Economy <http://links.org.au/node/2912>" rhetoric looms as a 
potential saviour for footloose financial capital, and is also 
enormously welcome to those corporations panicking at market chaos in 
the topsy turvy fossil-fuel, water, infrastructure construction, 
technology and agriculture sectors.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2915>

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